Architecture and Renovation, trends in Brisbane property

A TV in every kitchen?!

kitchen and televisionsWe’ve written before about the US trend to sticking a TV in every room of your home. Well it may now be happening here…

One of the fastest growing trends in Aussie kitchens is the inclusion of a TV, say the Housing Industry Association, who today released  survey results revealing what we’re adding to our homes. We must be enjoying a glass of vino while we’re cooking too – wine fridges were the hottest new kitchen appliance.

Australians are busy renovating and the HIA says one of the strongest growth categories within the kitchen and bathroom sector in recent years has been the use of high-end hardware and storage solutions.

“The growth in the use of storage solutions held steady for lazy susans in the 2009 survey, but increased for every other category. The fastest growth was for soft closing draws. Lift-up door operating systems and touch opening door and drawer systems also grew in popularity.”

According to the HIA in 2008/09 there were 130,650 new dwellings started in Australia, valued at $34.03 billion, and at an average value of around $260,489. The average value for both a kitchen or bathroom installation was around $14,000.

“Engineered stone, solid surface and granite bench tops were all in high demand. But there was a decline in usage rates for stainless steel, concrete, and timber bench tops. Glass and engineered stone splashbacks are on the rise, but there’s a decline for granite and tiled splashbacks.”

Into the bathroom and multiple shower heads, semi-frameless shower screens and undermount sinks are the star performers.